In a handwritten letter to US President Barack Obama, a six-year-old boy put forth his desire to bring an injured Syrian boy home.
It is the same boy pictured bloody and taken in an ambulance after he survived an airstrike in June. The boy said that he and his family would welcome the boy.
Obama shared the letter on his Facebook account and made sure the feelings and emotions of the boy, Alex, reached the public. As of now, the post has reached millions of people. It has received 4,700 comments and 191,000 reactions not only from Americans but from people across the globe.
“Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won’t bring toys and doesn’t have toys, Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny,” Alex wrote in his letter. “And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math.”
Obama also shared the message at the Leaders Summit on Refugees and said that more and more people need to have the emotions and actions that Alex have for the Syrian boy, which are not influenced by differences. The president said that the six-year-old should be treated as a role model for adults in valuing humanity.
“The humanity that a young child can display, who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of where they’re from, or how they look, or how they pray, and who just understands the notion of treating somebody that is like him with compassion, with kindness–we can all learn from Alex,” US News quoted Obama as saying.
According to the UN refugee agency, there are almost 20 million refugees around the world. Out of them, 5 million belong to Syria. The estimate has been provided based on the June figures.